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SNOWFALLS IN BROOKLYN, NY


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Posted by Nate Goldman on Sunday, January 13th 2019:

I fondly remember the large snowfalls which we had in Brooklyn, in our neighborhood. I still have 8mm movies, which I transcribed onto a DVR, of the snowfalls during the winter of 1960-1961. We only had 2-3 snow days off from school that year. However, the school authorities made us come into school on George Washington's birthday, to make up those days. Here, in the Midwest, the kids enjoy a maxiumum of7-10 snow days a year, without any penalties. Also, the schools here usually end by June 7th, at the latest. In any event, I remember the gigantic snow removal equipment which the NYC Sanitation Dept., would use to remove snow, in addition to their snow plows. The cars parked on the side streets would be buried in snow for days. It was back breaking work, even for a youngster to dig those cars out, by shoveling the snow, around the cars. Somehow, the open cut of the Brighton Beach line was kept open, because of snow removal subway cars. My cousin, being very business minded, walked into the bar (he was about 12 years old), on Newkirk Plaza and offered to shovel the snow away. The owner of the bar engaged his snow removal services. I give my cousin credit for having the nerve to walk into the bar, as I would not have done that. I remember when it snowed it Brooklyn, it was quiet as a mouse. One would not hear cars, or even planes landing at the airport. Yes, I really miss those days.

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